Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Buying an engagement ring and wondering where to begin? Scroll down for expert advice!

Happy couple smiling with an engagement ring after proposing

We sat down with Sarah, one of James Allen’s senior customer service reps, to talk about some common questions she encounters on a daily basis from customers. Whether it’s about buying an engagement ring or making proposal plans, read on for her top engagement ring tips and more!

1. Shape Your Thoughts

When you’re just getting started, we recommend thinking about shape preference. ‘A round center stone is never going to go out of style, and it is by far the most popular shape’ explains Sarah. If you don’t know where to begin, play it safe and go for a round center stone. Oval cut and pear-shaped diamonds are a good choice for those who prefer something more trendy.

 Three Stone Engagement Ring

This stunning engagement ring features two beautifully matched round shaped rubies as an accent to the exquisite center diamond of your choice. All three stones are set in a wire basket with a slightly rounded, airline shank.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

Split Shank Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Featuring a pear-shaped center diamond, this solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design that will not go unnoticed!

14K Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

This dashing engagement ring features a graduated diamond halo for a romantic yet dramatic look.

2. Timing Is Everything

When you’re thinking about the proposal, consider timelines and how long it takes to make your ring. ‘I always remind our customers to allow themselves enough time because all our rings are made to order’ adds Sarah. So, remember to give yourself enough time for that sparkler to arrive! Whatever you choose, allow yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these stunners:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring is created to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, set with a small V-shape under the diamond, increasing their individual sparkle. The custom tailored prongs are set into the shank of the ring, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring.

Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

Marquise shape sapphires add a touch of something unexpected and dynamic to this unique, gorgeous ring.

Two-Tone Swirl Tension Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

For a uniquely modern take on the engagement ring, this style features the ability to add a pear-cut diamond of your choice to a two-tone tension ring. Distinctive and statuesque, it is the ultimate way to showcase the perfect diamond.

14K Two-Tone White And Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Swirl Tension Setting

3. Let’s Talk Budget

You may have heard about the ‘three month salary rule’, but we think you should establish what you’re comfortable spending overall. How much you should dish out isn’t an exact science! ‘Once we know what style the customer wants, the best-sellers are a good reference’ adds Sarah. These are stunning options that won’t necessarily break the bank:

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

This solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design to keep it simple, but sparkly!

 Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds designed to draw the eye to the center diamond of your choice.

Looking to sparkle and save? We teamed up with proposal expert Stacy Stahl to cover all your ring budget questions, including:

  1. How much should you spend on a ring?  
  2. Does bigger mean better? 
  3. How can you save money? 
  4. What’s the average amount spent?

Listen to her tips in the video below to find the best bling for your buck:

4. A Two-Way Street

Engagement ring shopping is usually a two-way street. ‘You should always keep your partner in the loop and follow their lead’ advises Sarah. Your partner is going to be wearing the ring every day, so make sure they love it! If your SO hints for something other than a classic solitaire, try something different, like these vintage rings.

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

This eternity-style ring is crafted in a curving white gold band and features beading and milgrain detailing for infinite style and sparkle.

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

If you are looking for a romantic yet bold design, this engagement ring will match your highest expectations without any compromise. The cathedral shank with pavé stones meets an elegant diamond frame to set the stage for the center stone of your choice.

Looking for real-life proposal inspiration? Or just want to read some feel-good engagement stories? See how our customers have popped the question in our “Engagement Moments” section.

Ready to purchase your engagement ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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14K Gold vs. 18K Gold: Which Is Right For You?

Looking to decide between 14K and 18K gold? This handy guide will help simplify the process!

Looking to decide between 14K and 18K gold

Anyone who has uttered the old adage, “all that glitters is not gold” didn’t have a sparkly diamond attached to it! As beautiful as gold is, it comes in so many different options that sometimes it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you.

1. 14K Gold vs. 18K Gold

Most jewelers offer two different karats (not to be confused with “carats” – those are for diamonds) options for gold jewelry: 14K and 18K. Unlike pure gold, which is made of 24K, 14K and 18K are actually pure gold combined with other metals like silver, nickel and copper. You might be asking yourself, “why can’t 24K gold be used for jewelry?” Simply put, pure gold is not durable enough for everyday use, as it easily dents and scratches. In order to make it more durable, it is mixed with other metals. As a rule of thumb, the higher the karat number (aka the number before the letter “K”), the more gold it has in it. For example, 18K is more purer than 14K, which is more purer than 10K. Finally, there will be subtle differences in color depending on which karat grade you choose.

Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. Reasons To Choose 14K:

There are a few different factors that will help determine if 14K gold is right for you. First, if your significant other works with their hands, 14K might be the way to go, as it’s more durable than 18K. Additionally, some styles can only be made in 14K gold because they need the added durability that 14K offers. This brings us to the second reason to choose 14K – since it has less gold in it, it’s more affordable, which makes it a great option if you’re looking to maximize your budget. Finally, if your significant other prefers a softer yellow gold color, 14K yellow gold engagement rings are the way to go.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Ring

This spiral tension set engagement ring is one part jewelry, one part work of art. This specific tension setting can only be made in 14K gold, as it requires more durability to keep the diamond locked safely in place.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Ring

14K Rose Gold Pointed and Etched Tension Set Ring

If you want to have a ring unlike anyone else’s, consider this tension setting, which is also made in 14K gold.

14K Rose Gold Pointed and Etched Tension Set Ring

14K Yellow Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

This contoured twist tension setting is perfect for anyone who likes modern, statement pieces.

14K Yellow Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

3. Reasons To Choose 18K:

To help decide whether 18K gold is the choice for you, consider the following factors: Since it’s purer and has less alloys in it, 18K is preferable if your significant other has a metal allergy. 18K yellow gold also has a brighter look to it than 14K, which may be preferable to 14K’s more subtle tone. If your significant other has a job that doesn’t involve a lot of hand work, then 18K’s durability should fare fine.

18K Yellow Gold Sleek Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning piece of gold jewelry exemplifies the beautiful simplicity of 18K gold.

18K Yellow Gold Sleek Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

An 18K gold ring set with pavé diamonds is another great choice; the pavé diamonds can prevent potential scratches.

18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring [Flush Fit]

18K White Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

This prong-set diamond engagement ring can give added protection when set in 18K gold.

18K White Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Yellow Gold vs White Gold vs Rose Gold:

While choosing 14K or 18K gold might come down to practical factors like budget or durability, choosing a gold color is totally based on personal preferences. If you or your significant other has a metal color preference, awesome – you’re done! If you’re unsure, however, you may want to take into consideration a few different factors. 

As a general rule of thumb, diamonds of “I” color or higher will face up white in white metals, like white gold or platinum. If you’re setting a diamond in yellow or rose gold, you can often drop down in color to a “J” color (or sometimes even a “K” color) and the diamond will still face up white. The reason for this is that yellow and rose gold create optical illusions that make diamonds look whiter comparatively. 

Pro tip: if a diamond has yellow undertones, it will pair better with yellow gold, whereas if a diamond has brown undertones, it will pair better with rose gold. 

18K Yellow Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

This 18K yellow gold engagement ring is a great option in which to set a lower graded color diamond. Click on the various carat size photos to see the ring set with different color diamonds. The first diamond (at 1.01 carats) is set with a “J” color – notice how it still looks colorless?

18K Yellow Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

Now let’s take the same engagement ring but in 14K rose gold. Check out the ring set with a 1.5 “I” color diamond and with a 0.8 “K” color – notice how they both still face up white?

14K Rose Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

5. Wrapping Up:

While there are many factors to take into consideration when deciding between 14k vs. 18k gold, remember these tips to make the decision-making process easier: budget, metal sensitivity, color preference and durability. Finally (and most importantly), this is a major milestone in life – don’t forget to enjoy it!

Ready to purchase your dream engagement ring? Head over to JamesAllen.com and explore a sparkling selection of designs, available in 14K or 18K gold and platinum!

Looking for the perfect ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!

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If you’re looking for spring proposal ideas during the COVID era, we’ve got tips on planning the perfect one below. From beaches to camping, to drive-ins and hikes, there are a myriad of options to make your engagement unforgettable. As an added bonus, outdoor springtime proposals are usually also pet friendly – and who doesn’t want their unofficial, furry family members included on such a special day? Finally, if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, we’ve got good news for you: James Allen is always COVID-friendly. 

While planning a proposal can be a lot of work, just remember – within every spring lies the word ring. Coincidence? We think not. 

1. Hike Proposal with a View

If your partner loves exercise and nature, why not combine the two with a hike proposal? To get started, pick a trail filled with local flora and fauna. Revel at nature’s beauty as you make your way up to a scenic viewpoint – don’t worry, your hard work will pay off once you get to the top! Find a secluded spot with a great view and pop the question. 

Planning Tip: Spring proposal ideas can be sometimes thwarted by weather, so make sure to take into consideration the forecast (you don’t want rain or even a very cloudy day to dampen the mood), your partner’s level of fitness (most hikes are categorized into easy, medium and hard) and fill a backpack with water and snacks – just make sure not to forget the engagement ring!

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that speaks to your partner’s appreciation of the outdoors like our Entangled Vines Ring.

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

2. Sunset Proposal at the Beach

There’s a reason why the beach is a classic spring proposal idea: the sea is as beautiful as it is romantic. If your significant other loves spending time on the coast, a beach proposal might be the way to go. Enjoy the gorgeous sky as the sun descends over a vast, blue ocean. Breathe in the gentle breeze before getting down on one knee and asking the question of a lifetime.  

Planning Tip: The coast is generally cooler than the inland, especially as the sun goes down, so make sure to bring jackets or blankets to account for the change in temperature. To make sure the timing is just right, be sure to check sunset times in advance and give yourself a buffer for any possible delays, like traffic jams and bathroom breaks. Romantic touches like candles and rose petals in the sand are best left for other settings – the wind will likely blow them away.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that evokes the serenity of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset, like our Rope Solitaire Ring. 

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Lake Proposal

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advised: “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If you don’t live near the coast and your partner loves water, a lake offers an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head out to the lake of your choice. Take in the beauty of nature reflected back at you through a still body of water, as you and your partner contemplate your future, together as one.

Planning Tip: Lakes are often surrounded by rocks, which can be uncomfortable to sit on. You might want to bring foldable chairs or a bench, in addition to a few blankets.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring with sapphire accents, to give a pop of blue color, like this gorgeous French-Cut Pavé Ring. Or think about using a sapphire as your center stone. 

French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

lake proposal
14K White Gold French Cut Pave Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

4. Field of Flowers

Springtime makes everything bloom, so what better place to celebrate your love than in a field filled with flowers? Whether lavender, daisies or tulips, flowers provide not only a gorgeous backdrop but also a sweet smelling setting. Be sure to check for superblooms in your area – rare opportunities in which an unusually high number of wildflowers bloom at the same time. Flowers are a staple of every relationship – why not use them to signal the start of your engagement?

Planning Tip: To really nail your spring proposal idea, make sure to take into consideration the color palate. For example, if you’ll be proposing in a field of yellow daisies, you might want to think about choosing a contrasting wardrobe to make your pictures pop. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring inspired by your surroundings, like the gorgeous flower design below. Or choose a fancy color lab diamond for a center stone that really pops.

Open Lace Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Open Lace Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Drive-In Movie Theater Proposal

If your significant other is a cinephile, a drive-in movie pays homage to their personal preferences while also being COVID-friendly. Pack your car with popcorn and your favorite candy. Think about which parking spot makes the most sense for a proposal – do you prefer to be towards the back, for more privacy? Would you propose before, after or during the movie? Drive in and get ready for the most memorable movie experience of your lives!

Planning Tip: Many drive-ins have limited movie selections, so be sure to research different options to understand in advance which movie your partner prefers. If you’re unsure, consider a classic romantic comedy, which is a propos for day’s events. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that screams classic Hollywood, like this Art Deco Inspired design.

Art Deco Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

6. Camping Proposal

This spring proposal idea is for the adventure seekers: if you and your significant other are the outdoors-y types, how romantic is a proposal under the stars? Escape the city and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer – hikes with spectacular views, crisp river water and cuddling over a campfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores!). You might even cross paths with wildlife like deer, elk or bears. Springtime offers the perfect weather for camping and lush greenery – and proposals! 

Planning Tip: Make sure to reserve your campsite well in advance and check the weather before heading out. If you don’t want to invest in a ton of camping gear, ask friends if they’d be willing to let you borrow their gear.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that gives a nod to the beauty of nature, like our Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring. 

Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

camping proposal
14K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring


7. Bring Spring Indoors

If your significant other isn’t the outdoors type, you can still hit your spring proposal idea out of the park by bringing spring to you! Start by finding out your partner’s favorite flower and fill your home with them. Sprinkle petals and light candles around the house for added effect. If you’re not the decorating kind, take to Pinterest for inspiration or enlist the help of a visually savvy friend. To make this sweet day even sweeter, top it off with your partner’s favorite dessert – what could be better than Calla Lilies and cupcakes or freesia and fondue? 

Planning Tip: Some flowers are harder to find than others, so make sure to take this into consideration when figuring out your timeline. Some people prefer potted plants because they last longer – it never hurts to do a little detective work to find out your partner’s preferences! 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that combines delicate beauty with strength and elegance. Our recommendation? A dazzling Petite Pavé design. 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

8. Back-Up Plan

Life throws curveballs, so consider having a contingency plan. If all else fails, hit up your local outdoor farmers market (don’t forget your masks!), choose fresh ingredients and whip up a delicious dinner for two. You can also order a meal prep kit, which delivers all of the ingredients to your house, ready for you and your significant other to cook in unison. If you’re not the cooking kind, opt for a meal delivery service (also a great way to support your favorite restaurants!) paired with a beautifully set table and candles.

Ring Tip: Bring out the classics for this one! You’ll never go wrong with any of our best-selling solitaire, halo or three-stone designs.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Proposal plans sorted? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Our Most Popular and Most-Reviewed Jewelry

Sure, the jewelry looks fantastic online…but what do customers really think? Read on to find out! We’ve arranged a lineup of the year’s most-reviewed items: engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry. 

Most-reviewed wedding rings and engagement rings

The reviews are in! Which items are James Allen customers totally in love with? The trends are clear: rose gold, pavé, and classic settings are in.

Rose gold jewelry

Rose gold jewelry got the lion’s share of rave reviews! Our lineup below includes rose gold engagement ringsrose gold wedding rings, and a rose gold necklace.

Pavé jewelry

This glittery lineup of popular jewelry is studded with pavé settings. Not only does pavé add sparkle, but when designed in a halo it makes its center stone appear larger!

Classic jewelry

Simple, unadorned jewelry makes a strong showing alongside its sparkling peers. Solitaire engagement rings, minimalist stud earrings, and gold-forward pendant necklaces are clearly popular.

Read on for a snapshot of our most-reviewed items…

Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The Petite Pavé is one of our most popular engagement ring styles, and it’s clear that rose gold is rising in popularity. This delicate, feminine ring has just the right amount of sparkle…and it had our customers raving!

“The ring was perfect and my fiancé loved it and hasn’t stopped looking at it since.”
-Aaron B.

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rose gold pave engagement ring

White Gold Knife Edge Engagement Ring

A simple solitaire engagement ring – with an edge. The strong lines of this unique solitaire engagement ring draw all eyes to the featured center stone. Affordable, minimalist, and stylish, this engagement ring drew a storm of chatter.

“My fiancée loves it! The simplicity of the ring is amazing and more! It shines so big!”
– Jahaira C.

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white gold solitaire engagement ring

Yellow Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
with Oval Diamond

This yellow gold engagement ring is an utter classic. It’s designed for comfort – not only is it beautiful, but you can wear it all day. And customers loved it! This setting is suitable for mounting with any cut of a diamond – and customers took advantage of this, choosing (for instance) the oval diamond featured below. 

“Bought this beautiful piece for my wife and she was super happy! The quality of the style and cut is amazing!”
– Alessandro B.

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yellow gold solitaire oval engagement ring

White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

This white gold engagement ring really puts a twist on pavé. It’s composed of two thin bands – one pavé and one classic – twirled together for just the right amount of subtle shimmer. 

“Loved the ring! Shines a ton. She loved it.”
– Chris F.

most popular engagement rings: white gold twisted pave engagement ring
white gold twisted pave engagement ring

Rose Gold Cathedral Halo Engagement Ring

With an arching, many-armed backet, this rose gold engagement ring is pure royalty. Its unique halo is slightly almond-shaped, tapering gracefully into the curved pavé-set band. This is a super-sparkler! And thanks to the surrounding small stones, the center stone actually appears larger than it is. 

“My now fiancée absolutely loves the ring and loves adoring the size of the diamond.” 
– Jonathan V. 

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rose gold pave halo engagement ring

Wedding Rings

Platinum Flush Fit Pavé Wedding Ring

This is a timeless wedding band that adds a good amount of sparkle. The pavé-set diamonds are set perfectly to allow the maximum amount of light to hit their facets. And if that’s not enough, it’s also effortlessly comfortable to wear. 

“Absolutely love my wedding band and engagement ring. My diamond is stunning and customer service was exceptional.”
– James S.

most popular wedding rings: platinum pave wedding ring
platinum pave wedding ring

Thin Pavé Wedding Ring

For those who love a solid stack of sparkle, this delicate pavé wedding ring is the perfect choice. Slim enough to accommodate both an engagement ring and an anniversary ring, this adds a graceful line of complementary glitter to any ring compilation.

“She said yes! The ring is absolutely remarkable and super elegant!”
– Andrew H.

most popular wedding rings: white gold pave wedding ring
white gold pave wedding ring

Platinum Prong-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This platinum wedding ring is set with 10 sparkling diamonds that cover half the band’s length. This wedding ring is gracefully bold. Its stones are larger than that of a pavé and, as such, they capture a good amount of light.

“Beautiful! Looks great with my engagement ring (which is also from James Allen).”
– Anne W.

most popular wedding rings: white gold prong-set wedding ring
Platinum Prong Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Rose Gold Vintage Marquise Wedding Ring

A wedding ring with all the romance of vintage jewels, but made to modern quality standards. The entire length of the rose gold band is set with alternating round and marquise diamonds that give off an uncommonly romantic whimsy.

“Exactly what I envisioned for my wedding band. Amazing quality too.”
– Justin L.

most popular wedding rings: rose gold vintage marquise and round diamond wedding ring
14K Rose Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

Fine Jewelry 

Yellow Gold Four-Prong Diamond Earrings

These diamond studs became many of our customers’ go-to earrings this year! With their sturdy yet vanishing prongs, these yellow gold earrings upgrade your wardrobe for any occasion. You really can’t go wrong with diamond studs, especially these. 

“The 4 prong looks great!! Happy to have them!”
– Maria J.

yellow gold four prong diamond stud earrings

White Gold Four-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Diamond tennis bracelet: the ultimate in shine! This bracelet is straight-up, elegant, in-your-face sparkle. A continuous line of diamonds makes this bracelet shimmer from every angle on your wrist. Sturdy four-prong settings hold 53 brilliant-cut diamonds in a single, beautifully-crafted row. 

“The diamonds are bright and sparkly!”
-Yenny C.

white gold four prong diamond tennis bracelet

Rose Gold Curved Bar Diamond Necklace

A minimalist piece with personality! This smile of a necklace features a curved row of round-cut diamonds gracefully suspended by a rose gold chain. The delicate line of glitter brightens up the wearer without being too in-your-face, and the rose gold lends this necklace a feminine touch.

This item is unique and beautiful. What a wonderful gift.”
– Shirley P.

rose gold curved bar diamond necklace

Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

A minimalist diamond pendant necklace with an understanded, practical grace. This diamond pendant necklace takes your everyday wear to the next level. The thin bezel setting makes it a fantastic option for active lifestyles, thanks to its strong, no-snag mounting and comfortable flattened back. 

“This necklace is perfect for my everyday life, a very classic and timeless piece.”
– Isa L.

yellow gold bezel-set diamond pendant necklace

Platinum Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant Necklace

This milgrain setting keeps your diamond secure and stylish. Its beading is the perfect mix of modern and vintage jewelry design. The smooth, curved back adds a gorgeous element of movement, ensuring that your pendant will always move slightly to catch the light and your diamond’s facets will sparkle.

“Awesome quality!  Very happy with my purchase.”
– James W.

white gold milgrain bezel-set diamond pendant necklace

Customer-favorite jewelry styles:

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  2. Trending Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
  3. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas
  4. Engagement Ring Advice From Real Couples

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set: The Must-Read Guide

In the world of how to wear wedding rings and engagement rings, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Even the most “universal” traditions, as you’ll soon see, are subject to variations. It all depends on the ring wearer’s particular culture and style.

So what should YOU do? Read on to find out.

The Right Way To Wear A Wedding Ring

“What’s the right way to wear my wedding ring?”

With all the traditions and rituals involved in marriage, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlpool of wedding “should”s. And there are a lot of them. But as far as how to wear a wedding ring, where to wear a wedding ring, and what your wedding ring should look like – there is quite a bit of room to express yourself! On the whole, the world of wedding rings is less rigid than that of engagement rings. 

Wedding Ring Pros: you have lots of flexibility in your style choice.

Wedding Ring Cons: you still have to navigate numerous, and possibly conflicting, traditions. 

That’s why we’re here to answer your questions about how to wear a wedding ring.

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#1: What’s the difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring? 

Though there are a few key design differences, the main thing that sets these two types of rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal (from the proposer to the proposee), while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, wedding rings don’t have one focal point per se. They feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band. In this, they’re more like the super-talented backup singer whose role is to gracefully point the attention to the star: your engagement ring.

Yellow Gold Solitaire
Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Tapered Pave Band

In contrast to engagement rings, there are relatively few restrictions on how wedding rings should be worn and how they should look. Even so, navigating the myriad of loose cultural traditions and style possibilities can often be overwhelming. So let’s answer all your most pressing wedding ring questions, one-by-one!

#2: How should my wedding ring look?

Again, the answer is: anyway you’d like! There are very few customs concerning the actual design of a wedding ring. Here is a rundown of the most popular options.

Eternity ring or open ring?

ETERNITY RINGS

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, the continuity of an eternity ring is considered to represent a couple’s endless love and their everlasting unity.

Prong-Set Diamond
Wedding Ring

Channel-Set Diamond
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Ladies Channel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

However, an eternity ring isn’t for everyone – non-circular rings are also a lovely option. This is particularly the case for anyone whose center stone is elongated – like a marquise, oval, or pear – and prevents the engagement ring from sitting flush with a round wedding ring. Two excellent alternatives are custom-curved rings, or open rings.

CURVED WEDDING RINGS

If your engagement ring has a distinct shape, your wedding ring can curve to accommodate your center stone. This gives your wedding set a unique interlocking quality. As an added bonus, the curved wedding rings’ complementary shapes reduce friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

Pear Tiara
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pear Shape Bezel Set Diamond Tiara Engagement Ring

Curved Tiara
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Tiara Matching Wedding Ring

Flower Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Curved Solitaire
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Matching Wedding Ring

OPEN WEDDING RINGS

Or, you can choose to wear an open ring. Though less common, open wedding rings are gaining popularity. These unique pieces complement many wearers’ unique styles, and they go beautifully with an elongated center stone.

Open Bezel
Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring

Open Marquise
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Open Marquise Shape Band

Stones or classic?

In Judaism, the wedding ring is traditionally an unadorned, simple band that’s free of engravings or precious stones. In other cultures, there are no specific customs regarding wedding ring decoration. Diamonds? Yes. Gemstones? Yes. Classic? Yes.

GEMSTONES

The beauty of gemstone wedding rings is the huge selection! Sapphires, rubies, pearls, emeralds…it’s a positive smorgasbord of sparkle. You can always choose a particular stone simply for its beauty, but you can also embrace certain stones’ meanings. For instance, you may inlay your wedding rings with your respective birthstones, zodiac signs, or stones that are particularly lucky for you.

Diamond and Sapphire
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Round Brilliant Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Wedding Ring

Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Rainbow gemstone Ring By Brevani

CLASSIC

Classic wedding rings complement absolutely any engagement ring. The simplicity of a classic metal band directs all the attention to your engagement ring. So if you’re struggling to find a matching wedding ring, or you simply want to highlight your engagement ring, then a classic wedding ring could be the style for you.

White Gold Solitaire
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold 4mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Yellow Gold Solitaire
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Slightly Rounded Wedding Ring

#3: Which hand should I wear my engagement and wedding ring on? 

Which hand, and which finger, on which rings are worn changes radically around the world. Even in Europe, in which rings are almost always worn on the fourth finger – the ring finger – there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand

Catholic and eastern European tradition dictates that the wedding and engagement ring both be worn on the right hand. The engagement ring is removed before the wedding ceremony, and after the wedding ring is slipped on during the ceremony, the engagement ring is replaced on top of it. The custom of wearing the wedding set on the right hand comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. In fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand

On the other hand – *chuckle* – the Anglican church started doing things a bit differently following their separation from the Catholic church. By wearing both rings on the left hand, they rang in a new era of reformation by eschewing old “sinister” traditions. And this custom continues in Protestant cultures today, where the wedding ring is placed on the left hand during the wedding ceremony, and then the engagement ring is slipped on after it. Many people enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding ring closest to their heart, since it highlights the importance of marriage. 

Since the engagement ring is worn on the left hand after the proposal, many brides make this work by temporarily changing the hand on which they wear their engagement ring; during the wedding, they slip it onto their right hand before returning it to their left, over their new wedding ring.

On Different Hands

However, the engagement ring and wedding ring don’t have to be worn on the same hand. If it’s more your style, you can wear them on opposite hands. Spread the glitter around, as it were. In Spain, for instance, the engagement ring usually goes on the left hand, while the wedding ring usually goes on the right. 

So – there’s no dominating tradition regarding where to wear your wedding ring. It all depends on local tradition, religion, and personal style; not all of your personal traditions may line up. It’s possible that religiously, you prefer to wear your wedding ring on your right hand, but local custom dictates that you wear it on your left. 

In the end, it’s all up to you. However you prefer to wear your wedding ring is the right way to wear it.

#4: How do I match my wedding ring to my engagement ring?

The answer: however you’d like. This is where you have utter freedom to express yourself – there are very few, or no, customs regarding how to match your wedding set. So what’s this mean for you? You have 3 main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style

We’ve taken one of our most popular engagement rings, the Petite Pavé, to show you all the ways you can choose a matching wedding ring. 

The Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Match by Metals

All ring metals look great together! White gold + white gold = pretty. White gold + yellow gold/rose gold = pretty. It all works. You can’t go wrong.

Rose Gold Classic
Wedding Ring

rose gold classic wedding ring

Yellow Gold Classic
Wedding Ring 

yellow gold classic wedding ring

Match By Stones 

Diamonds are definitely marriage material, but so are gemstones. Don’t be shy to choose a wedding ring with the right stones to make you smile. 

Diamond And Sapphire Arrows
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Blue Sapphire And Diamond Arrow Shape Wedding Ring

Double-Row Pavé
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Two Row Pave Ring

Match By Setting Style 

Your pavé engagement ring will look beautiful with either a pavé wedding ring or, say, a channel-set wedding ring.

Half-Pavé Diamond
Wedding Ring

half pave diamond wedding ring

Channel-Set Diamond
Wedding Ring

channel-set diamond wedding ring

If you’re wondering how to match you and your partner’s wedding rings, click here to get all our James Allen tips and tricks.

#5 What should I do if I can’t wear my wedding ring the “traditional” way?

Remember that tradition is a suggestion.

  • If you can’t wear your wedding ring on the “right” finger, wear it on another one!
  • If you can’t wear it on your hand, slip it onto a chain and wear it as a pendant necklace.
  • If your wedding ring doesn’t fit with your engagement ring, wear them on separate fingers.
  • If you don’t like rings, bracelets can be excellent substitutes.

The bottom line is – it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. You can choose to wear it in whatever way suits you!

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Rachel Hoar

Rachel is an unabashed linguistics fanatic who can identify the ancient Greek root of any word. She promises not to spray you with Windex.

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